Sheffield’s MPs get a feel for manufacturing

Sheffield’s newest MPs Louise Haigh and Gill Furniss were keen to gain a hands-on experience of life in one of the city’s traditional engineering industries, and FSB committee member Ken Torres, founder of Torres Engineering and Pumps Limited, was only too pleased to provide a suitable opportunity.

He and daughter Dawn, a director of the company, conducted a guided tour of the Brightside Lane premises to underline the strategic importance of the local manufacturing industry, its contribution to worldwide exporting and the training of engineering apprentices to secure the future skills needs of the industry.

Ken Torres comments, “Small firms are at the very heart of future prosperity and job-creation, but managing a small family-run business in the 21st century is a major challenge. With the impact of burgeoning regulation, cyber security, spiralling energy costs and an ever-more complex structure of employment legislation, our job becomes more difficult by the day. It is therefore vital that MPs take the time to listen to small businesses and to understand the issues they face.

“It was a privilege to host a visit from our two newest local MPs and we hope their visit will help them in their respective parliamentary roles to relate to the needs of the city’s small business community.”

Louise Haigh MP says, “It’s always a real privilege of my job to meet thriving, local businesses and Torres Pumps is an excellent example of one that promotes Sheffield at every available opportunity and always attempts to purchase from Sheffield businesses down their supply chain.”